Choose your career with care
ADMISSION TIME Parents, students throng the HT Aspirations fair for information on colleges, courses and careers
What are the career options available, apart from that of a doctor or engineer? Is a bachelor of commerce a better option than a bachelor of business administration? Where should one study – at a private university or a government college? For students, choosing a good course which leads to a suitable career path becomes very important after the Class 12 Board exams.
The quest for the right programme, college and career fit on the basis of their interests and percentage of marks in the board exams brought thousands of students along with their parents to the 14th edition of the Hindustan Times Aspirations career and counselling fair, on May 30-31 at The Ashok, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, despite the sweltering heat in the Capital.
While Sagarika Dutta, plan- ning to pursue history honours was doubtful if her 95.25% would get her an admission to St Stephen’s, her dream college, Girish Dua, a parent, visited the event to find out if a private college would be better for his daughter, who wanted to pursue a bachelor of dental surgery. Siddharth Ohri, who just got his Class 12 results, wanted to find out more about a career in stock broking.
A panel of experts, including principals, vice chancellors and senior professors from Delhi University colleges and private universities were available at counselling sessions. On the first day, Asha Singh, associate professor, Lady Irwin College, and Kanika K Ahuja, associate professor, Lady Shri Ram College, patiently answered their queries.
Lively interactions took place between the audience and Sushma Singh, director, Career Smart, and Jaideep Chatterjee, associate professor, Shiv Nadar University. Dr Pratibha Jolly, principal, Miranda House, Amrit Sujan, director, Career Smart, Dr Amitava Babi Mitra, professor and dean, BML Munjal University.
To a student wanting to find out where he could do a BBA, Sushma Singh advised that any institute recognised by the University Grants Commission would be the right choice.
On a number of queries related to studying in the US, Chatterjee said the most important thing to remember was that only those who had completed 12 plus four years of study would be acceptable for higher studies. “Having taught abroad what we used to look for in applicants was not which college they came from. It wasn’t just GRE or GMAT. We also look at the Statement of Purpose (SoP), letter of recommendation and so on.”
So, even if you build up experience for your SoP, make sure you do some relevant work and projects before you apply.” If you want to do a drop year, think very carefully about what you want to do,” Singh said.
More than college or course, you would be really lucky if you got to study or work with the right kind of people. “If you have the right kind of people you studied under who can guide you – that really helps,” Chatterjee advised.
“Before you decide on a career, decide the country you want to work in and study the employment outlook in the sector you plan to apply for, three years from now. This would help you make a fruitful choice of career,” said Dr Pratibha Jolly. In India, you can expect a demand for graduates who understand smart cities, have the ability to tackle issues in the areas of energy and sustainable resources, development sector, social services sector and education, she added.
“Students should also think about the kind of job they want to do after graduation. A degree would depend on where one wants to be after graduation, a shopfloor, factory, office room or on-site,” said Amrit Sujan.
With the on- going Delhi University admissions, several questions were asked about cut- off percentages, calculating the percentages of best of four subjects, applying through sports quota and f i l l i ng t he online application form.
Several students enquired about checking the authenticity of a private institute. Answering them, Dr Pankaj Gupta, vice chancellor, Apeejay Stya University, said, “Shortlist the institute you want to apply for. Visit their campus. Talk to students and alumni. Talk to the hostel warden, have food in the mess, analyse the attitude of the institute’s staff and verify the claims with regard to affiliation with the respective regulatory bodies.” Students should cross-check the AICTE and UGC website t o verify t he recognition of the private institutes t h e y we r e applying to.
Asha Singh, associate professor, Lady Irwin College (left), Sushma Singh, associate director, Careers Smart and Kanika K Ahuja, associate professor, Lady Shri Ram College.
Parents interacted with panellists to seek expert guidance on planning their children’s future.